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KOLFF TO GET A MEDICAL AWARD IN N.C.

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Utah artificial organ pioneer Dr. Willem Kolff will share the spotlight this month with former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop when the local researcher receives the national "City of Medicine" award in Durham, N.C.

Kolff will be honored at a dinner Wednesday, Oct. 25, where he will be presented a $5,000 honorarium and a custom-made crystal sculpture. He will be introduced by colleague Dr. William Gay, chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.Kolff, a distinguished professor of surgery and internal medicine at the U., is being recognized along with Koop and leading liver transplant specialist Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The annual City of Medicine award program was initiated last year to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the field of medicine in the public interest.

Kolff brought together the team that implanted the first artificial heart in Dr. Barney Clark in 1982.

His current research, part of a $880,000 National Institutes of Health grant, involves development of small artificial hearts and heart valves, including models for newborns and infants.

Known as the father of the artificial kidney, originator of the first membrane oxygenator, and co-inventor of the intra-aortic balloon pump, Kolff also sponsored research work on the artificial eye, ear and arm.

The dialysis center at the University Hospital also bears Kolff's name in recognition of his leadership and contributions to medicine, particularly in the area of hemodialysis.